Karen Kubin

Karen Kubin

Karen Bjork Kubin has lived life on all three sides of the Suzuki triangle. She grew up in the Suzuki program at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, studying violin with her father, Mark Bjork. She holds a BM in violin performance from UW-Madison, studying with Vartan Manoogian, and an MM in performance from Northwestern University, studying with Gerardo Ribeiro. Past teacher trainers include Mark Bjork, Craig Timmerman, Allen Lieb, and Alice Joy Lewis. She has taught in the pre-college music programs at DePaul University and Wheaton College, and with the Copper Country Suzuki Association in Houghton, MI, and was founder and director of The Violin Project in Kirksville, MO. Currently she maintains a private studio in Kirksville.

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Your Teacher is an Undercover Superhero and You Are the Key A special message for students and their parents too

December 19, 2018 by Karen Kubin

This might seem like a stretch, the claim in this title. I mean, your teacher is fabulous, of course: friendly, knowledgeable, skilled—but a superhero? Not exactly! What you do not realize is that she is deep undercover, like Bob Parr… Read more ▶

Walk the Hills Crawl if Necessary

May 1, 2017 by Karen Kubin

The only guarantee we have as parents is that our children’s stories are usually far more complicated than the straight-arrow plots we come up with in our heads. Read more ▶

That Hard Passage

May 23, 2016 by Karen Kubin

But this discipline of taking what you cannot do, or cannot do well, and turning it into something you can perform, an expression of music and self, a work of art: this, in the end, is work you do on yourself. Work that changes you.… Read more ▶

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